PRIMARY school pupils have pitched in and run their socks off for charity by taking part in their own Race For Life event.

Pupils at Mountford Manor Primary School in Walcot pounded the field at their Bothwell Road premises to raise money for Cancer Research UK earlier this month.

The whole school, of children aged between two years old and 11 took part in the event, with the youngest runners taking just two laps of the field and the older ones running further.

The event helped to raise more than £700 for the charity.

Suzanne Gregory, Mountford Manor parent support officer, said: “On Friday, July 10, the whole school took part in a Race for Life.

“Laps of the field were completed starting with two laps for the nursery children aged two to four increasing the older the children got. Parents were invited and we were delighted when some of the mums joined in with their children completing their laps.”

“We are thrilled that we have raised £775 to date completing our Race for Life and the children are already asking if we can do it again next year,” Suzanne added.

Tamzyn Harris, a school parent governor who looks after sports and nutrition at the school, said: “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer and this is a great way for the children to come together as a school and raise money for Cancer Research.”

To carry on the fundraising, some members of staff are spending the summer preparing to take part in the five kilometre Pretty Muddy event at Lydiard Park on Saturday, September 5.